Smoking Catnip for Dummies: Everything You Need (or Wanted) to Know About Meowijuana

Smoking Catnip for Dummies: Everything You Need (or Wanted) to Know About Meowijuana

So you want to smoke catnip, huh? You crazy, crazy bastard… Smoking catnip certainly isn’t something your everyday, average Joe Schmoe ever really thinks about ever doing, you’re at least to be commended on your efforts to research this topic first before sparking up that sweet, sweet meowijuana. So, consider this a formal commendation. Well done! So, what exactly happens when one smokes catnip? Is it dangerous? Is the smoke dangerous if inhaled by your (hopefully) smoking buddy Tinkles the cat? Most importantly of all, does it give you any kind of high whatsoever? Worry not, my groovy, creative, young sir or madam, because we’re here to help you learn all this and then some because, well… that’s just what we do around here. We try to help people and… stuff. Regardless, you’ve come to the right place. So let’s jump into the lesson, shall we? The Basics Catnip (also known via its scientific name, Nepeta cataria) surprisingly enough belongs in the mint family. While originally native to Europe, it spread to other continents after sea voyage and trade became more common back around the 1500’s. Now known pretty much universally as catnip (although we much prefer our new invented name of meowijuana), it was also known as catswort and fieldbalm back in the day. Health/Medicinal Benefits Believe it or not, catnip also has a slew of various medical benefits and has long been used in China (because… of course it was) for treating a variety of different health problems. In addition to helping aid healthy digestion, catnip can also act as a sedative, menstruation promoter, tranquilizer, and even as a cure for infant colic. It can additionally be ingested in tea form to reap its many benefits. Catnip tea itself has long been used many European countries as a remedy for the common cold, chest congestion and to even help loosen up relaxed muscles. Chewing the leaves of the plant has also been known to help relieve toothaches, offering a surprisingly pleasant and aromatic flavor – arguably the exact opposite of what you’d think catnip would actually taste like. Although thought of as a beneficial side effect when used for the treatment of fever, smoking the plant promotes mild to moderate sweating, which is obviously a negative side effect (unless you’re an absolute goof who actually enjoys getting all soaked, gross and sweaty). Lastly, as all of this weren’t enough already, smoking catnip can and has been used to treat both asthma and bronchitis. Like most medicinal herbs and plants, the overall effect of administering catnip on humans can vary greatly depending on the method of consumption. In addition to smoking it, chewing it and making tea with...

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Nine Amazing Places to View the Northern Lights

Nine Amazing Places to View the Northern Lights

Take a long look at any traveler bucket list and it’s likely that seeing the Northern Lights is a big priority, if it hasn’t already been crossed off. This natural phenomenon lights up the sky with beautiful greens, purples, reds, and yellows, and is caused by the collision of solar wind with magnetospheric charged particles (don’t worry – that’s the sciencey bit over and done with)! Although it’s best known for its northern cameos, it can be witnessed in many different areas of the world. Named after the Roman Goddess of dawn, Aurora, you’re more likely to catch a glimpse of this natural light show where light pollution is low. Normally, you’ll see the lights between 5pm and 2am, when the sky is clear. The lights aren’t very predictable – so luck has to be on your side – but they are more commonly witnessed between September and March in northernmost countries. Sweden – Torneträsk Up in Swedish Lapland, Torneträsk is a picturesque lake, even if ‘träsk’ does mean ‘swamp’ in standard Swedish! You’re most likely to see the lights on a cool, dark night with little moonlight and clear skies. In the winter, Torneträsk often freezes over, so you will enjoy the Northern Lights from a frozen wonderland. Sweden – Jukkasjärvi Another Swedish lake, Jukkasjärvi used to be a Sami marketplace and is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. However, this destination is best known for its iconic Ice Hotel, which has become world-famous for its amazing architecture. Every year, this jaw-dropping inn is rebuilt from snow and ice, including the chairs and beds. Artists from all over the world are asked to create individual, annual decorations – there is even a bar with glasses made of ice! The Ice Chapel is a firm favourite for marrying couples, even if the structure remains below freezing at -5°C (pretty chilly!). From this frozen palace, you can also catch the Northern Lights when it occurs. Iceland – Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park Þingvellir is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland, and for a good reason! It’s home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. It also boasts one of the oldest parliaments in the world, Alþingi, which was established in 930 and stayed in this National Park until 1798. There are great hiking trails and camping grounds, as well as scuba diving for the very brave! Seeing as Iceland is so sparsely populated, light pollution is unlikely to be a problem, making this one of the best places in the world to catch the Northern Lights. Read the rest of this post here. This article is courtesy of...

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Interview with YouTube Superstar Joe Miragliotta

Interview with YouTube Superstar Joe Miragliotta

Men’s lifestyle blogger and YouTube mastermind Joe Miragliotta knows a thing or two about creating captivating video blogs. He also knows a thing or two about airports — that’s because he practically lives in them. I recently sat down with Joe (metaphorically speaking) to ask him a few questions about his rise to stardom, and he was kind enough to answer my meandering inquiries. What made you want to start a YouTube Channel in the first place?  Like most YouTube viewers, I started watching funny little viral clips my friends would send me. Every now and then I would come across a person talking to their camera and found myself captivated with what they had to say. To think a person who is by no means what we would call “famous” was able to gain such interaction and praise from viewers had me intrigued. It introduced me to a new kind of audience, an audience I could speak to directly like we were having a friendly conversation. How do you think the content of your channel has changed over the years? My content has changed A LOT over the last few years. The main thing would be quality from the video productions, topics, and how I present myself. Do you do all your own video editing? If so, do you ever get tired of having to do it, day in, and day out? I do all my own editing. It’s hard to say I’m tired of doing it since it really doesn’t take too long. Thankfully I know the ins and outs of working with editing software. But I will admit if I were able to just let go, and not be a control freak, I would love to pay someone to edit for me. Your channel has the occasional “Would You Rather” episode, in which you stand with a few friends and answer generally insane questions. You must receive submissions too crazy to even mention on your show. Where could one read these?  HA! Believe it or not I don’t have much of a filter. That is actually one thing I should work on for the sake of brands because I tend to use the whacky Qs. But if I were to direct you to a place where I sometimes answer insane questions it would be on my Tumblr (joesdaily.tumblr.com). I get some pretty whacky anonymous questions. Other than that, next time I ask for “Would You Rather” questions on Twitter, just check there. Your men’s lifestyle blog, JoesDaily.com, paints a picture of a blogger who travels constantly. How many trips do you take over the course of a month?  I love traveling so I’m happy you actually picked up...

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Goat Simulator: The Craziest Game Ever Made

Goat Simulator: The Craziest Game Ever Made

Goat Simulator seems to have been created as a model of the Internet: make everything as crazy as possible, have nothing make sense, and make it as fun as humanly possible. In this game, your protagonist goat has near omnipotent powers, destroys pretty much everything it touches, and is impervious to damage. Enjoy this video of TeamFourStar member Lanipator playing the game as his character Vegeta from DragonBall Z Abridged. When a comedic voice actor meets a comedic game, comedy is sure to happen by default....

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Foreign Languages Are Funny

Foreign Languages Are Funny

Let’s face it: when people don’t talk American, it frustrates us. It’s almost like they don’t want us to know what they are saying. But sometimes, the tongues of Europe can actually be quite entertaining, such as watching the German dubbed edition of Star Wars. Darth Vader sounds even more terrifying in this classic lightsaber duel scene, like some sort of fascist robot from Hell, while Obi-Wan Kenobi sounds even cooler than the sultry sounds of Sir Alec Guinness, which didn’t seem possible initially. But Darth Vader’s voice…yeesh. It’s enough to give you nightmares....

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